An American Family

An American Family

DVD - 2011
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On January 11, 1973, Americans stepped into the home of the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California. Chronicling the lives of its family members, the series made them household names. During the seven months that they lived in front of the camera, viewers watched dramatic life events unfold, including Pat asking for a separation from her husband Bill, and the bohemian New York lifestyle of their gay son, Lance. A 2-hour compilation of the most memorable and compelling moments of the series.
Published: [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2011.
Edition: Anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781608835096
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.85 AME
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 06, 2013

If you enjoy this documentary check out the HBO film (fictional) about the making of An American Family called Cinema Verite.

eve373 Sep 10, 2012

Never heard of this before. I was intrigued by it's being an early "reality tv" series. Since it was edited, we are supposedly seeing the "best" parts. But I would like to watch the whole 12 episode series.
Interesting to watch a much more REAL reality series.

Jan 25, 2012

An older movie filmed in the 1970's it was interesting to see the older styles of fashion, hairstyles and cars etc. The characters are real and it was interesting to see how their lives are now as it showed that in the end. I am sure a lot of Families can relate to parts of this movie. Sad though what became of one of the Characters.

jmmason Jan 06, 2012

This is the first time television viewers got to watch a real-life all-American California family implode right before our eyes. Did someone once say all rich families are alike? Well, these spoiled, self-indulgent people are dull, dull, dull. The main thing of interest about this cinema verite' series is eldest son Lance (18) who emerged as the biggest flaming queen on TV since Liberace. He was a natural on screen and commanded the most attention. Fortunately for us dyed-in-the-wool Easterners, Lance got the hell out of Dodge, California and moved East to the Chelsea Hotel. He eventually became a fixture over time of the downtown haute Manhattan monde, enjoying some minor celebrity before sadly succumbing to AIDS in the late 80's. The best moments in this series are when his super tight-ass mother Pat comes to stay with Lance at the Chelsea Hotel. While she's more fun than Bill the father, she does qualify as Bitch From Hell. When Lance or Bitch aren't on screen, this show just plummets into boring. The Dad and siblings are too bland for us to care about them. Today, Lance and Pat and Bill are all dead and none of this matters in the least. But at the time we came to care deeply about them and were devastated at the conclusion of the filming. Today this format is a cliche, but Americans never seem to tire of staring at train wrecks. And failed marriages.


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